Nest Raiders

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Wide game for Beavers, similar to capture the flag but instead with nests of eggs (water balloons).


40 Large Strong Latex Balloons (Golden if Possible) [or 10 per team]
4 large buckets or tubs [or 1 per team]
Wooded area about 1/4 or a mile square (larger for Cubs), preferable with an obvious break into clear field to stop them going too far.


Standard Play and Scoring
Give each lodge, a bucket/tub full of golden eggs (~10 each), when instructed they make there way into the woods to build a nest that is well protected and hidden (accompanied by nest adult). On the sound of the first whistle (say after 10 minutes), teams can leave there bases in search of the other nests, the objective being to steal the eggs from the other teams and return with to base, (Beavers "should" play in pairs). Attackers may only carry one balloon at a time, defenders may stop/block attackers entering the nest, but once in they may not stop attackers taking/leaving with an egg or attempt to take it off them. Play continues for ~30-40 minutes, after which a 2nd whistle signifies the game end, all attackers should return to base but may not take any more eggs on route (base adults should prevent this). Then the teams should all return to the start for a count up.

The winning team is the one with the most eggs.

Advanced Play and Scoring:
Start each team with x9 balloons representing the colour of their own Lodge/Six/Patrol, and x1 Golden Balloon
Additional rules, teams may only steal a golden egg if it is the last one left in a nest.
When adding the scores award:
3 points for golden egg,
2 points for their colour egg colour, and
1 point for another teams egg.

End of the Session
Water balloon fight !


  • beavers
  • cooperative
  • cubs
  • Outdoor Challenge
  • Outside
  • team game
  • wide game
  • woods

Badge Links

  • Outdoors - Wide game
  • Outdoors - Wide game
  • Teamwork - Team game